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Springboks win Test with 40 minutes to spare
Des Dimbleby

The Test series between New Zealand and South Africa ended on a high note at St George's Park yesterday when the South Africans won the fifth international by five wickets with 40 minutes to spare in what was certainly the most exhilarating day's play in the match, if not the whole series.

Not all the credit must go to the Springboks, however, for the New Zealanders, producing their best batting of the match, took their overnight total of 141 for four wickets in their second innings to 222 in the last over before lunch, and thus set South Africa the task of scoring 212 to win in a full afternoon of 225 minutes.

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Captain and vice-captain of the South African cricket Test team, Jack Cheetham (left) and Jack McGlew, appeared to be relishing the idea of winning the toss in the fifth and final Test gainst New Zealand when they examined the wicket prior to the game at St George's Park.
On the face of it this could hardly be considered a challenge beyond the means of an international side, but the Springbok batting had become suspect, chiefly on the grounds of slow scoring, and their final innings yesterday was regarded as a very real challenge.

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John Waite, the South African wicket-keeper, is believed to have created a new Test cricket record in the series against the New Zealand touring team.Waite had a hand in in no fewer than 23 dismissals in the five Tests played, including 16 catches and seven stumpings.Although there was no official record quoted in Wisden, Gil Langley, of Australia, was credited with the previous highest number of "wickets" by a wicket-keeper in Tests after he had taken 16 catches and made five stumpings against the West Indies in Australia in 1951 - 2.In the 1946 - 47 series against England in Australia, Don Tallon, the Australian keeper, also held 16 catches and stumped four batsmen.
Chief Whip

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The Scoresheet
And this they took up with a will from the start, and it was not long before they had dispelled any doubts about their real ability with Russel Endean the chief whip as the Springboks cracked on the pace which finally carried them to yet another convincing victory - their fourth in the series against the tourists.

After a solid start by McGlew and Westcott, who put on 44 in 56 minutes, MacGibbon struck two quick blows for New Zealand by bowling Westcott at this total, and getting Funston caught by Mooney behind the stumps without scoring.

With two down for 46 and valuable minutes lost the threat of New Zealand's gaining a further hold was there, but this was the last hint of any hesitancy in the Springbok innings.


It was dispelled by the entry of Endean, who wasted no time at all in introducing a belligerent note into South Africa's batting, and in the next 20 minutes the innings bounded ahead with 35 runs added, Endean scoring 27 of these.

Even the unfortunate running out of McGlew at this stage was quickly forgotten as Endean, now partnered by Watkins, gave the scoring further momentum, hitting another 27 of the 38 runs put on in half an hour before the tea interval, which arrived with South Africa 119 for three wickets.

End obvious

With South Africa needing 93 runs to win in the 105 minutes left for play, Endean and Watkins continued the all-out offensive after the break, and in 30 minutes swelled the total by 52, at which stage interest in the final outcome, now so obvious, switched to whether enough runs would be available for Endean to reach a well-deserved century, and Watkins his 50.

Their 100 partnership for the fourth wicket came after only 65 minutes, and with the total at 185 - 27 runs needed - Endean was at 86 and Watkins at 41.

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Clive van Ryneveld, whom the visiting New Zealand tourists consider the best Springbok cricketer.
Return catch

Endean's great batting came to an end three runs later, however, when he hit a return catch to the leg-spinner, Bell, and at 198 Watkins followed, being bowled by Reid.

Their stand, which had crippled and hoped New Zealand had of winning, had yielded 107 runs in 70 minutes, with Endean including 14 boundaries in his 87.

With 14 runs required, the rest was almost a formality, made rather less formal when Sutcliffe, the New Zealand captain, took over the wicket-keeping duties from Mooney, to give the latter the honour of his first - and probably last - over in Test cricket.

It was an over treated with due respect by Van Ryneveld, who allowed Mooney to bowl a maiden.

Winning hit

The Springbok captain, Cheetham, was there to face up to what was to be the final over from Bell, and it was fitting that the winning hit, a lofted boundary off a no-ball, came from his bat, for Cheetham has now led South Africa to seven victories in their last 12 Test appearances against New Zealand and Australia, with only two defeats.

South Africa's win yesterday saw them break a 49-year-old cricket record, for they achieved their biggest victory in a Test series against any country.

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A loud roar went up from the 4,000 people at St George's Park when Springbok captain, Jack Cheetham, played the stroke that won the fifth and final cricket Test against New Zealand for South Africa.The picture shows Cheetham making the hit - a four - off a "no ball" from Bell. Bert Sutcliffe, the New Zealand skipper, is seen acting as wicket keeper. He relieved Mooney to allow him to bowl the previous over, which was maiden.
The previous best was in 1905/6 when Percy Sherwell's team beat England in the Union, winning four Tests and losing one.

Eastern Province Herald.
February 10, 1954

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